9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado planner

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Make it your trip
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Estes Park

— 1 night
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 23rd (Sun), trek along Emerald Lake Trail and then wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): get all the information you need at Estes Park Visitor Center and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park route planner.

Denver to Estes Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Estes Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and then stroll through Lost Man Trail.

Plan my trip to Aspen with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Estes Park to Aspen in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in September; daily highs in Aspen reach 72°F and lows reach 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then hike along Perimeter Trail, and then hike along Cascade Falls Park.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 29th (Sat), see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, hike along Piedra River Trail, and then trek along San Juan River Walk.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.